Frost's Dafnis Prieto Receives Latin Grammy Nomination

Frost's Dafnis Prieto Receives Latin Grammy Nomination

By UM News

Frost's Dafnis Prieto Receives Latin Grammy Nomination

By UM News
The Frost School of Music Drums Assistant Professor of Practice receives the nomination in the Best Latin Jazz Album category.

Congratulations to Dafnis Prieto, Frost School of Music's Studio Music and Jazz faculty member, who just received a Latin Grammy Award nomination for Best Latin Jazz Album for his album Back To The Sunset recorded with his big band. This nomination adds to his numerous achievements including a 2011 MacArthur Fellow and a 2007 Grammy Award nomination for Absolute Quintet in the Best Latin Jazz Album category.

In commenting Dafnis joyfully stated, “I’m excited to hear that my latest album ‘Back to the Sunset’ has received a Latin GRAMMY nomination in the category of Best Latin Jazz Album! Thank you to the Academy, to all the musicians who beautifully played on this recording, including one of the featured artists, friend and Frost School of Music colleague Brian Lynch, and everyone else who has supported this project.”

Dafnis Prieto, who hails from Santa Clara Cuba joined the FROST faculty in 2015. Under his direction, the Dafnis Prieto Artist Ensemble, an elite group of FROST jazz musicians, won Top College Combo at the 2016 Next Generation Jazz Festival with an appearance at the Monterey Jazz Festival. Prieto’s revolutionary drumming techniques and compositions have had a powerful impact on the Latin and jazz music scene internationally.

The 19th Annual Latin Grammy Awards will take place November 15th at the MGM Grand Arena in Las Vegas and will be televised on the Univision Network, 8:00 - 11:00 PM Eastern Time.